adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
Origin of prompt
The commercial sense of the noun prompt “a time limit given for payment for merchandise purchased" dates from the mid-18th century. The computer sense of the noun “a message or symbol on a display screen requesting more information from a user" dates from 1977.
Examples from the Web for promptness
It is critical to focus on concrete and implementable options, on a low profile, discretion and promptness.
Nevertheless, it was essential that he should perform these final actions with promptness, decision and infallible perspicacity.The Crystal Stopper|Maurice LeBlanc
Mr. Bayard again commended him in the warmest terms for his zeal and promptness.Now or Never|Oliver Optic
One secret of Morgan's success was the promptness with which he struck.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Many thanks for the promptness with which you have answered that you will execute the order.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six|Abraham Lincoln
I was pleased to see the care and promptness with which you have attended to what I ordered you in regard to this.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume VIII (of 55), 1591-1593|Emma Helen Blair
British Dictionary definitions for promptness
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt note a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due